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Are you taking the time to be still?

Monday Morning Motivation – Still

By: Curt Stowers

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Sometimes it helps to get a little dose of encouragement—along with a good cup of coffee!—to start the day. Today we discuss "still."

Hopefully, the message below will help you get off to a good start for the week. Please feel free to forward the newsletter along to others who you think would benefit from the content.


In my mind, there is a big difference between being still and doing nothing. The distinction I make is as follows:

  • Being still is a conscious decision to step back, take no action, and take in all that is going on around you.
  • Doing nothing is literally not doing anything.

Now sometimes doing nothing can be a wonderful thing. On occasion, turning off your mind and just “vegging out” can be just what the doctor ordered. However, if you’re always doing nothing, I’d argue that you aren’t achieving your God-given potential—not good, in my opinion.

Conversely, consciously making the time to be still and take in all that is going on around you is often one of the most productive things that you can do!

When we focus on being still, we often become hyper-aware of our mental state.

While stillness implies a lack of physical activity, it rarely connotes a lack of mental activity. Instead, when we focus on being still, we often become hyper-aware of our mental state. And we become aware of all of the noise and clutter that is bouncing around in our minds. Turning our focus to “being still” requires that we take control of our thoughts and “settle them down.”

Meditation is one of the most effective ways to increase our capacity for stillness. Personally, I find it INCREDIBLY difficult to quiet my mind. However, when I focus and achieve stillness, it’s a great place to be.

That brings us to this week’s question:

  • Are you taking the time to be still?

Thanks for sharing a bit of your time with me this Monday morning 

Have a great week!



About MMM: Each week I publish “Monday Morning Motivation” in the hopes that at least one person will find a bit of inspiration and that this inspiration will have a positive impact on their life. My motivation comes from experiences, reading, sermons, and discussions.

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